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Make A Statement With Billboards

Uniquely designed billboards are often the most memorable ads. Whether it’s a clever or unexpected out-of-the-box design, billboards executed well are eye-catching and draw consumers in to learn more about your business.

We pride ourselves on our award-winning creative department. We love working with customers who allow us to create outside of the parameters of a standard sign and really bring the idea to fruition. With the help of our production department, we have designed and implemented some pretty impressive billboards that have increased our customers’ bottom line. Check out some of the unique billboards that can offer great inspiration for your future Out-of-Home advertisement.

 

Dothan Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fiat

      The Jeep extension and real time headlights create exciting imagery that is sure to catch the eyes of drivers who are looking for adventure. With a large and noticeable directional arrow, potential customers can easily make their way to the dealership to take advantage of Dothan Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fiat’s great prices. This 14’ x 48’ bulletin is a perfect example of adding some small but key features that really bring the sign to life.

Eagle Eye Outfitters

      This 10’ x 42’ bulletin features an Omni-heat reflective Columbia jacket. Lined with red LED’s, the lining of the jacket lit up at night, bringing brand awareness to Eagle Eye Outfitters. It helped draw the attention of all those looking to buy something to keep them a bit warmer during the cooler season. Big, bold text and bright colors really took this design to the next level.

Hardee’s

  Sometimes, the food speaks for itself. That was the idea behind this 10’ x 42’ bulletin for Hardee’s. It boasts an oversized extension to make the shape of the burger seriously pop. Since this appetizing design will make passing drivers hungry, it also features large, simple text to inform the viewer of the closest Hardee’s locations.

Smoothie King

    This Smoothie King billboard is a rotary poster that is wrapped with vinyl. It utilizes an extension to create a straw for the smoothie cup. This was a simple addition to the design that made the item look and feel even more life-like.

Bryan Pharmacy

  This 10’ x 36’ bulletin for Bryan Pharmacy features “Boll Weevil Bryan,” which is a clever decision for a company that is advertising in Enterprise, AL, where the boll weevil is the unofficial symbol of the city. This billboard features a waving arm, which is a unique, eye-catching design element to incorporate. This campaign won a Silver American Advertising Award!

Mr. Mattress

    Mr. Mattress, a mattress superstore in Dothan, AL, wanted a design that is big, bold and tells a simple story – Shop Local, Save Money, Sleep Better. Durden Outdoor created a giant inflatable pillow to attach to the front of the 14’ x 48’ bulletin to bring it to life. In addition, the client wanted a billboard on the west side of town welcoming traffic into the circle city. Nothing says “Welcome to Dothan” quite like the owner waving to eastbound traffic to say hello. Check out the full video on how these designs came to life by clicking HERE. Do you have a creative billboard idea and need the right team to execute it? Give the FAMOUS Makers a call today at (334) 792-5056 or visit our website to learn how we can bring ideas to life and increase your bottom line.

Out-of-Home Advertising During COVID-19

In early 2020, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a drop in Out-of-Home visibility due to the Safer at Home order and social distancing. Now that we are well over a year into the pandemic, people are getting back on the roads and back to a new “normal” lifestyle. Because of this, billboards were, and still are, an important aspect of your marketing campaign. With more people resuming travel, Durden Outdoor has also seen an increase in COVID-19 messaging, encouraging people to get vaccinated and save lives.       There are several rumors circulating such as “The vaccine causes fertility issues” and “I don’t need the vaccine, I’ve already had COVID.” In order to squash these myths and educate the public, city and state officials are running billboard campaigns that push customers to websites where up-to-date information can be found. The hope is by educating the public, more and more people will get vaccinated, save lives and we can return to normal sooner rather than later. Currently, anyone in the state of Alabama that is 16 or older is eligible to receive the vaccine. The City of Dothan’s “Love Dothan” campaign ran a series of “Myth” ads utilizing the Durden Digital Network. The campaign features various myths about the COVID-19 vaccine with a website address to get more information about FAQ’s and registering for the vaccine. The Alabama Department of Public Health also ran a digital Out-of-Home campaign, each featuring a simple but encouraging message about getting vaccinated along with a website to find out more information.       In a time when most people are getting back to being out and about, and therefore are regularly exposed to Out-of-Home advertising, billboards are a critical part of COVID-19 messaging. Social media is so flooded with information about the virus that it’s hard to determine what’s fact and what’s not. For more information on getting the COVID-19 vaccine in the state of Alabama, click HERE. Do you have an important message to share? Are you looking to increase your brand’s awareness throughout the Wiregrass area? Durden Outdoor Displays, Inc. has been making clients FAMOUS for over 53 years. Check out our services and products by clicking HERE. Contact a FAMOUS Maker today to see how we can increase your bottom line at 334.792.5056.

The Key to a Successful Digital Billboard Campaign

Billboards continue to be a massive part of modern-day advertising for many businesses. They are a great tool to help optimize the connections being made for new potential customers daily. Digital Out-of-Home has made the advertising industry more cost-efficient and effective.

Although it is very similar to a traditional billboard, there are a few key factors to keep in mind when designing a digital billboard. The Durden Digital Network reaches over 1.3 million cars daily across six markets. With that many impressions, your design is key to running a successful campaign. We have put together some of the best practices we use here at Durden Outdoor Displays, Inc. when creating digital ads.

Simplicity is Key

Creating an effective digital billboard design starts with readability. The best designs are of no use if they are not legible from a distance. Legibility should be the first priority to create a successful design. The average driver has approximately 6-7 seconds to view a billboard. It is crucial to have a simple design that fully tells your brand’s story and also drives the consumer to your business.

Be Bold

Using bold fonts makes the message easier to read from the road. Big, bold lettering helps drivers comprehend your message quickly and retain information for later.

Tell A Story

While the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” may be cliché, it does ring true. Images help make an emotional connection to those who view it. We suggest adapting the idea that less is more and using an image to convey the message that won’t fit into words.

Stay Consistent

To communicate your message more effectively, you must hone in on one key element that will stick with the audience. You only have, on average, about 4 seconds to gain their attention. It’s best not to stack your ad with multiple messages at once but rather a single message to draw in your potential customer. In addition, you should keep your message concise and consistent throughout all mediums that you are using.

Image is Everything

Picking the right images for your message is highly important. We recommend keeping the visual elements to a minimum and avoid making the design busy or crowded. A single image or graphic with bold wording will allow your consumer to absorb the information being presented to them easily.

Digital Capabilities

A great way to reach a consumer is making your advertisement relevant. With digital billboards, this is easy to achieve. Digital advertising allows clients to plan in a shorter time frame with quick turnaround times. It gives your business the flexibility to change your design up with the season and even promote daily specials if desired. Flexibility is key in an ever changing environment.

By implementing these best practices with your digital billboard campaign, your business will be set up for success. Are you interested in the Durden Digital Network to gain more exposure? Check out our inventory by clicking HERE. Contact a FAMOUS Maker today to learn more about our products and services by calling (334) 792-5056.

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2021 is the Year of Digital

This year, digital advertising is a top choice for brands looking for outdoor advertising options. There are several unique benefits of utilizing digital billboards in your marketing campaign. With over 30 locations in the Durden Digital Network, Durden Outdoor Displays, Inc. can help you create an impactful outdoor campaign that will set you apart from your competition.

Digital is Flexible

One of the best features of digital billboards is their flexibility. Whereas traditional billboard signage might be up for weeks or months, content on digital billboards may be changed weekly, daily, or even multiple times a day. For example, a restaurant has the flexibility to advertise breakfast specials in the morning, switch up the promotion at lunch, and then end the day with dinner specials. If retail stores hold a flash sale, they can easily advertise a sale for one day only and then revert back to a standard message. Changing a message frequently is typically difficult with traditional out-of-home media, but with digital signage, it can be done with ease.

Digital Increases Reach

Digital billboards are always on, 24/7 — so people take notice. In fact, 62% of consumers noticed digital billboards in a given month, and 50% of people said they notice them “all” or “most” of the time (Nielsen, 2020). That’s a lot of eyes on your brand. The Durden Digital Network, which stretches from Eufaula, Alabama, to Marianna, Florida, is exposed to over 1.3 million cars daily. Durden Outdoor offers different package options to fit your budget and increase your ROI all at the same time. A digital blitz displays your ad across various digital locations and can be utilized in multiple markets to promote your message. This is great for increasing your reach and promoting a message that is time-sensitive.

Digital Drives Action

Not only do drivers notice digital billboards, but they’re more likely to act after viewing one. According to Nielsen, 65% of viewers engaged in actions after seeing a digital ad, whether that was visiting the website, looking the brand up on social media, or visiting a store in-person. Including an address or directions to a brick-and-mortar store is beneficial, as 57% of those who noticed an ad immediately visited that business, and 95% of those people made a purchase after arriving! A well-made digital campaign can drive action and bring your business success.

Are you considering using digital billboards as part of your advertising campaign? Do you need help strategizing your business’s specific marketing needs? Contact Durden Outdoor DIsplays, Inc. today and become FAMOUS tomorrow at (334) 792-5056.

CAMPAIGN SPOTLIGHT: Man on Billboard Waving and A 19 Foot 3D Pillow…. WHAAAAAT???

Digestive Health: If 2020 Were a Drink

This year has been unlike any other. Most would agree that it has not had a great taste to it. Here’ hoping that taste doesn’t linger.
Digestive Health Services (DHS) was looking for a new summer campaign. Something that would speak to our general disdain for 2020. Never ones to shy away from humor, DHS decided to turn this lemon of a year into lemon aid, err Colon Prep.
The idea was first presented by DHS and our creative team took it and created two ads with a cohesive theme. That theme being alcohol advertisements. If we’re going to speak about 2020 as a cocktail (or mocktail), why not mix it up and pay homage to the classics in look and feel.
These two ads have been running in both the Durden Digital Network and Poster Rotary System. So, go on, drink ’em in. Got another suggestion for 2020’s drink of the year? Let us know in the comments.
  If you are interested in becoming FAMOUS in the Wiregrass area contact us today at 334-792-5056 or sales@durdenoutdoor.com.        

When Two Billboards Are Better Than One

The Vance Law Firm wanted to make a statement targeting traffic leaving Pike County, AL headed northbound to Montgomery County, AL and the FAMOUSMakers had the perfect solution to help reach their audience. Just north of Troy, AL we utilized two bulletins that are directly across the road from each other. After having this idea for some time, we knew we wanted the two billboards to work together to tell a visual story. Featuring an arm in a cast and telephone, we used the left-hand read billboard to ask the question, “Injured?” and point drivers across the street to the right-hand read billboard where Stewart Vance, Attorney & Owner, is showcased instructing drivers to “Dial 3 for Me.” Stewart Vance concentrates his practice in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death and product liability. He represents those that have been injured in an automobile or other accidents; have suffered severe injuries or death from defective products; or who have had loved ones suffer from nursing home neglect and abuse. The Vance Law Firm has a team of attorneys ready to fight for you. Backed by the “V-Guarantee,” it’s no wonder The Vance Law Firm has been voted “Best Law Firm in Montgomery” for five years in a row. Give them a call today at 334-333-3333 for a Free Case Review. We enjoy partnering with clients to bring creative ideas to life. If you would like to become FAMOUS in the Wiregrass area, contact us today at 334-792-5056 or sales@durdenoutdoor.com.

Earl Durden Inducted into Dothan Business Hall of Fame

The FAMOUS Makers are proud to surround our rock and CEO, Earl Durden, as he was inducted into the elite Dothan Business Hall of Fame on Thursday, August 24, 2017. We would like to extend a humble “Thank You” to our clients, friends, and team members who have been apart of Durden Outdoor Displays, Inc. since it was founded in 1968. Thank you Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce for recognizing our hero and his dedicated hard work. Click HERE to read the full Dothan Eagle article surrounding this wonderful achievement.  

Baker Metal Sees 60% Increase in Business

Are you finding out that you need more storage? Let Baker Metal Works and Supply in Troy, Alabama help you with your needs. Baker Metal specializes in Pole Barn Metal Building designs. These weather resistant structures can withstand winds up to 140 miles per hour, with over 25 different colors. Baker Metal offers delivery and same day service as they manufacture it all on site.

Durden Outdoor Displays, Inc. has had the privilege of partnering with Baker Metal Works and Supply to help spread their message through out multiple counties. By utilizing the entire Digital Network and our Rotary Poster program, Baker Metal has been able to reach new customers through out all of the Wiregrass including transit and rural customers. They have targeted and spoken to specific areas by incorporating city and town names in their tag line, “Dothan, the Best Pole Barn Rates Are At…Baker Metal.” General Manager, Ray Robley, attributes a 60% increase in “Do It Yourself” clients to their Durden Digital Network and Rotary Poster Campaign.

If you would like to see growth in your business, please contact one of our FAMOUS Makers today at (334) 792-5056 or sales@durdenoutdoor.com.

Escape the Ordinary

Looking for a quick getaway this summer? Escape the ordinary and head on up the road to Phenix City, AL. Experience Whitewater Alabama, home of world-class rafting. Raft down the Chattahoochee River, boasting the longest urban whitewater rafting in the world. The course has been described to be as “wild as Colorado and warm as Costa Rica.” Not quite brave enough to jump into a raft just yet? Warm up your adrenaline with the Blue Heron Adventure Zip Line. Take flight crossing the Chattahoochee River and experience the only dual-zip line that connects two states reaching speeds up to 40 mph.

Durden Outdoor is excited about our new partnership with Whitewater Alabama. Utilizing a mix of rotary posters and a premium bulletin, they are able to target locals as well as vacationers traveling through the Wiregrass. Their rotary posters are strategically placed on high traffic routes including Restaurant Row along Ross Clark Circle, Main Street and Hwy 231 North. Their premium bulletin can be seen on Hwy 231 South, Alabama’s most traveled highway to Florida beaches. Check out all of the many adventures that they have to offer at WhitewaterAlabama.com.

If you would like to become FAMOUS, please contact one of our sales representatives today at (334) 792-5056 or sales@durdenoutdoor.com.